Ari Betof

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Ari Betof, EdD, MBA
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Born (1980-02-10) February 10, 1980 (age 44)
CitizenshipUnited States
  • Mission & Data
  • Organizational Sustainability Consulting
  • Minerva Institute

Ari Betof (born February 10, 1980) is an American entrepreneur, management consultant, and keynote speaker.[1] He is a co-founder and partner of Mission & Data, a unique consulting firm that caters to executives and boards of trustees in the education and nonprofit sectors as well as for-profit companies working with nonprofits.[2] Betof was previously president of Organizational Sustainability Consulting, which he co-founded, and chied advancement officer at Minerva Institute, a San Francisco-based higher education institution focused on leadership and innovation. He also sits on the board of advisors for Trace Innovations.

Betof has nearly two decades of experience in building sustainable organizations and specializes in leadership development, organizational stewardship, and financial and organizational sustainability. He has worked with numerous clients to maximize their revenue growth and streamline operations for better business development opportunities.

Betof is a frequent keynote speaker and has been featured as a subject matter expert on multiple media outlets, such as the Koinos Podcast and the Enrollment Management Association's Enrollment Spectrum podcast.[3] He is the co-host of EMA’s Impossible Questions[4] podcast with Hans Mundahl.[5]


After completing his high school education at George School in 1998, Betof enrolled in Guilford College, where he earned a bachelor of science in physics and mathematics from the honors program.

In 2011, Betof received his doctorate in educational leadership and administration from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2021, he earned his MBA from the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University where he was an Emerging Markets Institute Fellow and was named a 2021 Poets & Quants Best and Brightest EMBA.[6]


Betof started his career in 2002 as a teacher and coach at Northfield Mount Hermon School where he taught physics and mathematics and coached varsity soccer, varsity tennis, and junior varsity wrestling. He also working on the financial modeling of Northfield Mount Hermon’s consolidation plan to one campus. Betof then became assistant director of admission and strategic marketing project manager at George School. He held multiple roles over six years at the school, including director of enrollment management, culminating in director of institutional advancement with broad oversight of George School’s admission, marketing, communications, and fundraising efforts.[7]

In 2013, Betof became the head of school at New Garden Friends School, where he led operations for two years. During that time, he oversaw a revitalization of the organization’s finances and a move of the middle school to the upper school campus. In the same year, he also became a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the course of six years at the university, Betof designed and taught courses in nonprofit finance and organizational sustainability for the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Master of School Leadership Program.

Betof has served as a mentor in Harvard University’s School Leadership Program and served as faculty member in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) School Leadership Institute. Betof has been a judge for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards and Cornell Emerging Markets Institute Case Competition.

In 2018, Betof established Organizational Sustainability Consulting, a management consulting firm dedicated to the health, vitality, and stewardship of social sector organizations. The firm specialized in financial and organizational sustainability coaching and facilitation, viability analysis and planning, enrollment management and institutional advancement audits​, and financial modeling consultation.

In 2020, Betof co-founded Mission & Data, another management consultancy known for offering integrated consulting, custom data products, and executive coaching services that enhance leadership and governance. Mission & Data brought together the efforts of Organizational Sustainability and Kelsey Vrooman’s firm Actionable Institutional Research and Data. In the same year, he also became chief advancement officer at Minerva Institute and an advisory board member of Trace Innovations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Betof was a panelist for Independent Schools on the Brink,[8] a collaborative webinar co-hosted by 33-member associations across the country for more than 1,900 trustees and senior leaders.

Personal life

Betof is currently based in Greater Philadelphia. He is married with two daughters and a Portuguese Water Dog.


  1. "ari-betof". crunchbase. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  2. "Ari Betof - Co-Founder of Mission & Data". Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  3. "‎The Koinos Podcast: Ep 5 - Ari Betof on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  4. "‎EMA's Impossible Questions Podcast on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  5. Betof, Ari (14 September 2021). "Ari Betof and Hans Mundahl cohost the first season of EMA's new podcast series". Mission and Data. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  6. Schmitt, Jeff (16 July 2021). "Poets&Quants for Execs - 2021 Best & Brightest EMBAs: Ari Betof, Cornell University (Johnson)". Poets&Quants for Execs. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  7. "Ari Betof | | About". orgsustainability. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  8. Betof, Ari (28 April 2020). "Thirty-three Membership Orgs Collaborate to Help "Independent Schools on the Brink"". medium. Retrieved 29 December 2021.

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